WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) issued the following statement on the bombings and shooting that occurred today in and around Oslo, Norway:

“My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Norway, whose peaceful lives have been shaken by today’s terrible attacks. The bombing of government facilities in Oslo and the shooting of young people gathering on the island of Utoya are shocking. These cowardly attacks of violence against innocent people were meant to terrify not only Norway, but also the international community. However, I am confident these attacks will only strengthen the Norwegian people’s resolve to promote freedom and democracy at home and around the globe. It is important the American people stand with our friends in Norway during this time of great sorrow.”